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68 DON ST, INVERCARGILL PH 218 9621
Excellence in eyecare and eyewear
State of the Art HealthCare for your Eyes
P 03 218 6600
Friendly service & advice
Management of eye irritation
Quality spectacle frames
Driving licence screening
Frame adjustment & repairs
Enable NZ Provider
Eyeview Optometry -- quality eyecare and eyewear
Maggie & Dave Kent
Owners / Directors
Jon Taylor (& Associates)
B.Sc (Hons) Dip Op. TPA.
Cert. Ocular Pharmacology
Previously Cole Kent Vision Care
76 Kelvin Street, PO Box 855
F 03 218 2643
Dr Brett Rogers
Specialist Cataract Surgeon
Affiliated Provider for
Southern Cross Healthcare
Operating at Southern Cross
For appointments for private
Cataract Surgery assessment
Please phone Dr Rogers' rooms
Invercargill Eye Clinic
56 Victoria Avenue
Phone (03) 218 7778
Invercargill Eye Clinic
Entrance to Southern Cross Hospital
74 - 76 Tay Street, Invercargill
Ph: (03) 218-9393 Fax (03) 218-9391
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Cataracts - easily treatable
EYE WITH CATARACTS
Cataract is a common but easily treatable eye condition that
can cause loss of vision due to clouding of the transparent
natural lens inside the eye.
Cataract is a normal age-related change
that will eventually affect everyone.
The natural lens focuses light into the
eye allowing sharp vision, but as the lens
become hazy from cataract, light is scattered
and the vision deteriorates, often as though
one's spectacles were becoming foggy or
Common symptoms include foggy vision and
glare or dazzle in the sun, or when driving at
Cataract sufferers may frequently clean their
spectacles, trying to improve their vision.
Because vision loss is slow, the affected person
often forgets how sharp their vision once was,
until their vision is restored.
They may think they are "just getting older",
not realising that excellent vision can be
Vision tested on an eye chart may seem quite
good, but outside one can be disabled by
glare and bright light.
Quality of life suffers and affected people can
become a danger on the roads and are at
increased risk of falls, hip fractures and car
In New Zealand most cataract surgery is
performed on people over the age of 50.
About 10% are aged in their fifties, 20% in
their sixties, 35% in their seventies and 35%
are over the age of 80.
Almost everyone over the age of 60 is affected
by cataract to some degree. Cataract slowly
worsens and virtually everyone over the age
of 80 would see significantly better with
In the early stages sunglasses may reduce
glare, but the only way to treat significant
cataract is with surgery. Symptomatic patients
may be told that their cataract is "not bad
enough to treat", however there is no
advantage in waiting until cataract becomes
advanced or 'mature'.
Cataract is treated when symptoms interfere
with everyday activities such as driving and
A Cataract Surgeon can then easily and safely
remove cataract to restore normal, youthful
In public hospitals there are limitations to
receiving appointments for both assessment
and surgery. A scoring form is completed and
your 'score' determines whether you can have
public hospital surgery.
It is often assumed that insufficient 'points',
means the cataract is not bad enough to treat,
but that is not the case. The threshold 'score'
is determined by funding limitations and
those with a lower score and cataract
symptoms can still choose to regain
vision by having their surgery
performed privately, where funding
limitations and 'scoring' do not
apply. In Invercargill, private catar-
act surgery is performed at Southern
The cloudy cataract is removed with
microsurgery, through a tiny
incision. A clear, foldable, intraocular
lens (IOL) then replaces the cataract
to restore normal vision.
Most cataract surgery is performed
under local anaesthesia, and then
the patient goes straight home.
Cataracts do not grow back and the
IOL lasts a lifetime.
Cataract surgery can eliminate the
common optical problems of short
and long sightedness.
A third common optical problem
called astigmatism can also be
corrected using a special oval-
shaped or "toric" IOL which, though
not normally available in public
hospitals, is commonly used follow-
ing private cataract surgery; it gives
even better distance vision without
spectacles than a standard IOL. Toric
IOLs can benefit up to 40% of
Following surgery, one can expect
to have excellent distance vision and to see
well enough to drive safely and to watch
television, without spectacles, regardless of
the previous need for even strong spectacles
and even if worn since childhood.
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